APWA AZ Newsletter 2022 September

APWA AZ Newsletter 2022 September

Public works are the services and infrastructure required to sustain quality community life.

NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                                                                      September 2022


September 17, 2022
Adopt a Street
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September 20, 2022
Dirt Roads Workshop
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September 21, 2022
APWA September Luncheon
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October 17, 2022
PWI Module Two
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Labor Day and Our Future Workforce:

As we start looking forward to Fall, I hope you all took some time to enjoy your Labor Day weekend. Labor Day was created as a tribute to the achievements of the American worker and efforts made to ensure strength, prosperity, and the well-being of our country. On behalf of APWA, I would like to thank you all for being a part of our amazing public works workforce. Because of you, we have safe roads, a clean community, and overall well-functioning cities. 

As a collective group, our responsibility is to ensure our industry stays strong. In line with this, The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), American Public Works Association (APWA), and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently announced a nationwide partnership and awareness effort to highlight the meaningful, transformational work of engineers and public works professionals. The announcement states that:

The partnership comes at a critical time. According to the ACEC Research Institute, the bipartisan infrastructure bill Congress passed earlier this year is expected to add more than 82,000 full-and part-time jobs in engineering, public works, and design services over the next five years. Finding the professionals to fill these roles is critical now at a time when workforce shortages are already threatening the timely and successful completion of essential construction and design projects across the nation.

The nationwide partnership will hold future road shows to bring more awareness to our industry. Click here to read the full article: Inside APWA.

APWA Arizona has always maintained different outreach programs to help educate students about the engineering and public works fields. Now more than ever, our efforts need to be organized and razor-focused. The three local associations have recently met to start brainstorming. There are many unknowns about what this effort looks like, but I encourage you to reach out to me with ideas or events that you currently have in place (i.e...careers days, outreach to school STEM programs, public agency community programs, etc.). Let’s work collaboratively to develop short- and long-term efforts that address our workforce shortages. But don’t stop here; we must all work together to carry out these ideas. This means showing up at events to educate, mentor, and work alongside each other!! I am excited about the future and hope that I can count on each of you to grab a friend or coworker and get involved! 

Watch our newsletter for more information in the near future!


Sandy Niebel

Adopt a Street
September 17, 2022
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Dirt Roads Workshop

September 20, 2022
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APWA September Program

September 21, 2022
Topic: 2023 Phoenix Go Bond Program of $500 Million
Speaker: Eric Froberg, PE (City of Phoenix)
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New Members

Doug BreckenridgeAirport Operations ManagerCity of Kingman Public Works
Robert FurrSolid Waste OperatorCity of Kingman Public Works
Wes PinkartAirport Operations ManagerCity of Kingman
Fred J. StevensSr. Civil EngineerYuma County DPW

New Member Spotlight
Be the next new APWA member to be featured!  This is a great opportunity to introduce yourself and to make new connections with potential clients and customers.

All it takes is to reach out to Joseph Blackman, joe@vitendo.us

Craig Wegner

Michael Baker International

View video discussion to meet new member Craig Wegner

Who's Who in Public Works

If you work in Public Works and are interested in being spotlighted in our “Who’s Who in Public Works” Section, please contact Joseph Blackman at joe@vitendo.us

Professional Development
Sign up today to continue growing your career through professional development.

Click, Listen & Learn Webinars & Talking Top Tech Webinars

APWA Educational Calendar. To register, click here: Calendar (apwa.net)

Winter Maintenance Supervisor Certificate (Sept22)
Fleet Operations in a Post-COVID World
Public Fleet Management Certificate (Sept22)
Calibrating Winter Operations

Find these and other opportunities on the APWA CALENDAR.

Public Works Job Opportunities
This section allows agencies to advertise their open positions. Please provide your advertisement and/or link to joe@vitendo.us. In addition, check out the APWA Work Zone site! Job openings on the site may be sorted by key word and location. 

View Job Opportunities

PWX Update:

Presidential Award for Chapter Excellence (PACE) 

Below is our group accepting the PACE award at the PWX conference in North Carolina.

2022 Statewide Conference Wrap Up


Thank you to all the committee members, attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, and speakers for making the Arizona Chapter APWA 2022 Statewide Conference a huge success. After two years of virtual conferences, we were very excited to host an in-person event this year and connect with so many partners, friends, and industry leaders to discuss all matters of public works. The conference had a fantastic turnout with a record number of attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors. In addition, we had a lot of positive feedback regarding programming, networking, food, and entertainment. As always, we intend to make next year even better. If you didn’t fill out the post-conference survey or if you have any additional comments, feel free to contact us directly. Again, thank you all for your support and we are looking forward to next year’s conference. SAVE THE DATE: JULY 26-28, 2023. 


577 Full conference registrations (includes exhibitors and speakers). We had 432 in 2019.
47 Speakers
181 Public agency employees (doesn’t include Friday’s Agency Showcase tables)
73 Exhibitor Booths
44 Sponsors
11 Awards were given at Thursday’s Awards Luncheon
22 Programs/presentations (in five tracks)
17 Different municipalities/agencies participated in Friday’s Agency Showcase (several had 3-5 agency representatives)
10 Grand prizes were given away before Friday’s Agency Showcase

Thanks to BrainDance Productions for photographing this year’s conference events. All of the photos can be found on the conference website (https://www.azapwaconference.com/photos).




Your Conference Co-Chairs,
Christy Sipos, CPSM, Civiltec Engineering (csipos@civiltec.com)
Scott Kirchhofer, Achen-Gardner Construction (skirchhofer@achen.com)

Peoria Jomax WRF Operations Building

Submitted by: Sheila Smith, PBD | Arrington Watkins Architects LLC

This project is a 10,000 SF Water Reclamation facility to replace a modular building including an upgraded laboratory. The new facility will also include offices, meeting and break rooms, locker, shower, and restrooms for the staff. In addition, the project includes replacement of the programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and upgrading the WRF SCADA system while in operation.  This new facility is designed to be the public face for the Vistancia neighborhood and will provide for future growth at the facility.

Annual Sponsorships

Your Arizona Chapter’s annual operations depend upon donations from our member organizations. Sponsorships pay for the resources required to provide Educational Workshops, the Public Works Leadership Institute, website support, weekly news briefs, monthly newsletters, and much more.

Newsletters are published monthly and posted on the Chapter website with notification sent electronically to over more than 3,000 recipients in the Public Works field.

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